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10-18-2013, 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
Great contribution.

A few comments.

Pre 1970 there were multiple federations and not all regions of the country were covered hence the spike in numbers. Also pre bantam counts were not made in most regions pre 1960.Pre WWII the schools and parish hockey drove youth hockey. With few exceptions, even today, the school hockey players are/were not counted in Hockey Canada or previously the C.A.H.A. TOTALS.

Thank you for the dedicated effort.
Right. Particularly early on, a lot of players either aren't registered at all or aren't registered with an affiliate of CAHA.

For example, one of the articles the late 50s had the CAHA registrations at 81,500 but mentioned an estimated 150,000 players playing under "properly supervised conditions".

I think the trend is that the closer to present you get the more CAHA/Hockey Canada captures the number of players more fully.

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